Combining Multiple Apartments in NYC. Do I need a Lawyer?

lawyer-to-combine-nyc-apartments-02How do you go about combining apartments in NYC? Combining an apartment is possible but tricky. Paperwork, fees, and mortgages are all a part of the process. However, once complete, landlords, renters, and homeowners are left with a more spacious and attractive living space. David J Aronstam knows that living quarters are tight in the city and is ready to help make your dreams a reality.

How do I combine apartments in NYC?

You need more space. Perhaps your family is growing, or you live in a micro-apartment. It can be cheaper to use the space next door if the apartment next door is available.

Combining apartments allows you to stay where you are without breaking the bank. The life you built is available without compromise.
New York City allows for tenants and landlords to combine spaces. The government removed the need for a certificate of occupancy in 1968. The change affects both old law and new law tenants in all muti-home dwellings.

Combinations may be vertical or horizontal. You may combine up to three floors or two adjacent apartments. This allows tenants flexibility in finding an agreeable space.

What are the benefits of combining an apartment in NYC?

attorney-how-combine-apartments-in-NYC-01Combining apartments gives you more space without compromising the life you built. The same parks, restaurants, schools, and bars are within reach. There is no need to move aside from any short-term storage during the renovation.

For some, the dream of potentially doubling the number of bathrooms and bedrooms in your space is exciting. This process is particularly helpful for those with a new family.

Are there downfalls to combining apartments?

Some buildings do not permit combinations, a process that is up to the landlord or co-op corporation. There are some other downfalls to consider as well.

Upon renovation, your dream home may contain awkward corridors and some bizarre corners. Some walls may not be broken down.
The process itself is not always straightforward. Codes, pipes, gas lines, electricity, and more are all a major factor in any construction project.
While extra space is nice, there are some limitations to what your new apartment can have. Only one kitchen is allowed in a combined space. This may require that all plumbing be removed.

Overall, value is not a real decision maker. Not all layouts make sense or increase upside. Instead, the process is about creating living space.

Finding a lawyer

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NYC Real Estate Attorney David J Aronstam

If you are still interested in combining your apartments, there are legal issues and ordinances to follow. The city enforces numerous codes. Minimum thermal ratings, mechanical code, plumbing code, and the fuel gas code are several that need to be met in any renovation.

The entire process is paperwork intensive as well. A PW1, PW3, and TR1 form are required to before completing any construction. Avoiding complications requires that all technical documents be complete. The department of buildings plan examiner reviews and signs off on every plan.
You need to understand the laws and regulations impacting your project. A lawyer helps cut through the clutter, getting you working towards more space with ease.

We help our clients approve and draft plans. With over thirty-five years of experience, we have seen nearly everything. Get in touch with our highly regarded law office today to start the process of combining apartments in New York City.

David J. Aronstam, Esq.
Attorney at Law
(646) 759-0400

 


Resources

Combining Apartments: Alteration Applications. City of New York. 2019, https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/code_notes_combining_apt.pdf
Miller, Jonathon. Combinations: Creating a Larger Manahtten Co-op or Condo. Miller Samuel Inc. 20 Apr 2014, https://www.millersamuel.com/combinations-creating-a-larger-manhattan-co-op -or-condo/
Want, Carol. Combining Apartments in NYC: Everything You Need to Know in 2019.Sweeten Stories. 25 Jan. 2019, https://blog.sweeten.com/renovation-101/reno-101/combining-apartments-in-nyc/
Zimmerman, Sofia. Thinking of Combining Apartments? Here’s What You Need to Know. 15 Nov 2017, https://streeteasy.com/blog/combining-apartments-nyc-what-to-know-is-it-difficult-duplex -triplex/

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